Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Staten Island Yankees. I received tickets for the game as well as food vouchers to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Despite being compensated, all opinions are mine and honest.
My family has been on a mission the past few years to visit as many Major League and Minor League ballparks as we can.
Wherever we go on vacation, we check and see what the city has to offer in regards to ballparks. My oldest son collects miniature bats from all the stadiums and has quite the collection. And when we go to a game, we pretend to be the biggest fans of the home team and sing as loudly as we can during the 7th inning stretch. (That is, of course, unless we happen to catch a game in which our beloved New York Mets are playing against the home team.)
For whatever reason, in our many stadium visits, we had overlooked one of NYC’s Minor League teams, the Staten Island Yankees. Maybe subconsciously we stayed away because we are Mets’ fans, but whatever the reason, we had never ventured to Staten Island for a game. We finally put a game on the calendar and since it was the Minor League Yankees, we put aside any Yankee ill-will and dove right into being a fan of the Staten Island Yankees.
And now attending a Staten Island Yankee game is on my list of favorite things to do in New York.
The ballpark sits just a three-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry terminal and the view from the ballpark is fantastic. Beyond the outfield wall, you can see the boats and the ferries cruise along the water. Lady Liberty stands tall past the center field wall and in front of the Manhattan skyline. Tourists can accomplish three things at once there – a baseball game, seeing the Statue of Liberty, and getting a great shot of the Manhattan skyline.
Kids will have a great time at the game. A bouncy house and pitching game can be found beyond the left field. You need to buy tickets to bounce or throw a pitch (cash only), but at $2 for the bouncy house and $1 to play the pitching game, it doesn’t break the wallet.
But the main reason to go to the ballpark is to cheer on the Staten Island Yankees. There is something special about watching a Minor League baseball game. It takes one back to a more innocent time and there is always the watching the next big thing while he’s an 18-year-old rookie.
Like most ballparks, the food consists of favorites like hotdogs, pizza and sandwiches. The prices are pretty standard compared to most other minor league ballparks in the Metro New York area. I drove so I didn’t even bother checking out the beer selection. Sorry, I don’t have any info for you there.
Getting to the game is easy. You can either take the Staten Island Ferry, which lets you off right by the stadium or you drive. Driving is easy, but the costs rack up between the bridge tolls and parking, so unless you can’t budget the time for public transportation, take the free Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is the best bargain in New York City and is worth the trip itself.
It was an exciting day at the park for my family. Each one of us took home a ball that was either fouled off or handed to us by a Yankee player and the kids scored some autographs. After the game, my kids ran the bases. I couldn’t help but feel completely satisfied as a dad as I watched my kids round third base and head home with giant smiles on their face.
Would I recommend a Staten Island Yankees game? Look at the smile on this face and you’ll have your answer.
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